Mom accused of taking 5 year old daughter in tanning booth

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey mom is in a courtroom to face charges of taking her 5-year-old daughter into a stand-up tanning booth, where authorities say the girl suffered burns.

Patricia Krentcil is charged with child endangerment.

Nutley Police Det. Anthony Montanari told The Record newspaper police were called to an elementary school on April 24 because the kindergartener was experiencing pain as a result of a "pretty severe sunburn."

The 44-year-old mother, who is very tan, has told various TV stations her daughter was in the room at the tanning salon, but not the booth.

New Jersey law prohibits anyone under the age of 14 from using tanning salons.

Krentcil posted $25,000 bond and was released to authorities in Camden County, where she had an outstanding warrant on a municipal charge.


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